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Wayne County Church Addresses Drinking Water Concerns

In a settlement with Ohio EPA, a Wooster church is now hauling clean drinking water to its property. The agreement ensures employees and visitors to the property have access to safe drinking water.

Immanuel Fellowship, 3533 Tolbert Road, operated a ground water-based public water system (PWS) serving approximately 60 people. On numerous occasions between 2007 and 2012, the PWS violated safe drinking water standards by exceeding the maximum contaminant levels for total coliform bacteria and nitrate.

To correct the problem, Immanuel Fellowship sought approval through the Wayne County Health Department to construct and operate the hauled drinking water system. The system began operating last month. The existing ground water well will be used for only non-potable uses (i.e. toilet flushing and landscape irrigation). Ohio EPA personnel verified that interior plumbing for the hauled water system and non-potable well are separated and appropriately labeled.

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